Emblem of Roto
Many years after
the fall of Zoma, the descendants of Roto left Alefgard and divided
his emblem into two parts.
The brother with the top half created the kingdom of Loran and the
brother with the bottom half created the kingdom of Carmen. The kingdoms
were peaceful and prosperous for and Emblem of Roto begins
100 years later.
The story opens
in Carmen. The King has taken his army out on a mission, leaving his
pregnant wife behind. The castle's priest speaks to her and tells
her that in the kingdoms of Roto, a prince must be given the proper
holy name, which was chosen to be Arus. After fighting a tribe of
Shaman, the king and his men stumble upon a temple and the King discovers
an evil looking statue. The statue made a strange sound, and the bottom
of Roto's emblem fell off the chain around the King's neck. The statue
charmed the King who hid it in his bag and returned to Carmen.
In the following
months, the King was acting stranger and stranger. He began talking
to the sinister statue which he'd hidden in the basement. It's revealed
that the evil Dragon Lord is the one speaking to the King through
the statue. He told the King to go against the holy name of Arus and
name his child "Jagan". When the Queen gave birth, the King
went overboard and tried to give the newborn child to the Dragon Lord's
minions. The guards (who had been turned into zombies) forcefully
took the child and killed many of the Queen's handmaidens. The King,
completely possessed, cast a spell and killed the Queen. The last
human guard left attacked the King, but only succeeded in tearing
his human skin. The King then revealed his new form of a giant monster.
Lunafrea, another soldier of Carmen, managed to take the young Arus
with the bottom half of Roto's emblem and escaped the castle with
the priest. She found refuge with Gran and Kira. Ten years after the
events in Carmen, Arus' adventures begin.
At the same time
Arus began training with Kira, the Dragon Lord managed to find a direct
descendant of Roto in Loran and named him Jagan. Jagan and the Dragon
Lord are Arus' main enemies for most of the series. Baramos is also
brought back as a zombie. On Arus' journey, he meets many new companions,
including Asteaa, a third decedent. He travels not only in Alefgard,
but in familiar locations in the upper world as well. But, it's soon
revealed that there is a greater force behind the Dragon Lord. His
name is Imagine and of course, everything ends in a climatic battle
with him in volume 21.
Emblem of Roto
Synopsis courtesy of Chrissy Rose
with a synopsis of "Emblem of Roto -To the Children Who Inherit
the Emblem-". Since it's only one book as of right now, it's
a lot easier to go into detail here on the much smaller number of
characters the story focuses on thus far, as well as the story itself.
The plot, as I
understand it, goes like this. You have book 21 of EOR, so you saw
how it ended. The heroes defeated Imagine, and everybody went along
their merry way and lived happily ever after.
In the ending
to EoR, Arus went off on a journey. Poron got cold feet at the altar
just before marrying his cute girlfriend who I think was from Zipang.
He probably wound up marrying her anyway. Kira and Yao got married
before the EOR story even ended, so they go off to start their own
family. Kira becomes an armsmaster and trains students. Asteea and
Jagan (who as of EoR 19 is now called Aran) head back to Alefgard,
to take the throne and rule Radatome (Tantegel) together. Also, King
Carmen and his wife return to rule Carmen again.
This story takes
place 25 years after EOR ends.
In the years since
then, Kira and Yao have had a son named Lee. Asteea and Jagan have
a son named Aros. No word in the first book on what became of Arus
or Poron. There is an odd incident that occurs five years prior to
when the story takes place, where all of a sudden, throughout the
whole world, magic goes completely dormant and unusable, causing quite
a stir. At around the same time that magic goes dormant, everyone
in Radatome Castle mysteriously vanishes, leaving only one person
behind. This event just so happens to take place on the same day as
the birthday of all three descendants of Roto - Arus, Jagan, and Asteea.
years later, the amnesiac Aros is traveling with a bandit gang, since
one of the gang's members, A-Kagi, happened to stumble across him
in the empty castle right after everyone vanished(she had been scouting
for her gang to set up a heist), and took him in when he lost his
memory. The bandits accost two easy-looking targets named Lee and
Yui in the forest near Radatome one day, and things come together
main hero of the story, Crown Prince of Radatome Castle, and son of
Asteea and Aran. I think. Aren't they cousins or something? Anyway,
he was found five years ago by a bandit girl named A-Kagi, lying unconscious
on the floor of the castle with a head injury when everyone else had
already disappeared. Since he woke that day, he's lost all memory
of anything beyond his own name. Even while working with bandits,
he has a gentle and thoughtful, introverted personality, and has an
aversion to violence. He is haunted by constant nightmares, as well
as flashbacks to events from the past that he can't recall. As one
might expect, he is a talented swordsman, and capable of dodging Lee's
ki blasts, something Lee claims no one else has ever done.
A spirited yet practical bandit girl, both willing and perfectly able
to shed blood when necessary. She sticks up for Aros, but continually
berates him for his naiveté and unwillingness to act decisively
when fighting to the death against other people.
and Yao's son, a talented Battlemaster who is skilled with both a
sword and ki-based techniques. His personality is much like Kira's,
an open and friendly type who handles things in a rather blunt manner.
His father Kira was in Radatome Castle paying his respects to Asteea
and Aran when everyone vanished, and he hasn't been seen since. Lee
used to play with Aros in Radatome when they were younger, so he remembers
Aros, but Aros doesn't remember him.
traveling companion, a temperamental archer girl. When the two of
them are together, they generally squabble like siblings, but they
make an excellent team. Nothing has been said yet about her background.
After the bandits
capture Lee and Yui, Lee tries to get Aros' attention upon hearing
his name, but Aros claims he has the wrong guy. Aros tries to bring
them food out of sympathy, which doesn't sit well with the other bandits.
One bandit even pulls him aside and accuses him of plotting to betray
their gang. A-Kagi quickly defuses the situation by slashing the man's
throat before he can escalate things any further, showering Aros in
blood in the process. She tells Aros that she knows he's going to
betray them anyway, then proceeds to inform him of his royal lineage,
explaining that he couldn't remember any of it, which explains some
things for Lee. A-Kagi releases Lee and Yui's shackles, and tells
them all to get lost before she calls for backup. When Aros doesn't
immediately leave, she shouts for help to illustrate her point, then
tells Aros to take back what he lost before shoving him towards the
cave exit. Lee and Yui take this cue to drag him the rest of the way
After this, the three of them go to investigate the nearby Radatome
Castle. Aros gets flashbacks when he sees a tree that he and Lee used
to play in. They explore the castle, which has fallen into a state
of disrepair. When they hear a scream from inside, they rush to investigate,
and find a Boss Troll carrying off an unconscious woman. After they
take out the troll and a wolfman, Aros stumbles upon a miniature caged
shrine. It opens at his touch, and inside is the Sword of Roto, thrust
upright into a stone altar. That's where the first book ends.
is the prince of Carmen and a descendant of Roto and the prince of
Carmen. Along with his cousin Asteaa were given the proper holy names,
unlike Jagan. The story follows Arus from when he was 10 to adulthood.
Along the way he meets some familiar foes as well as some new faces.
He has the bottom half of Roto's emblem.
is a childhood friend of Arus' that accompanies him on his travels.
He's about three or four years older than Arus. In Volume 2, he takes
a beating from a group of Slimes.
along with a priest from Carmen, escaped with Arus before he could
be handed over to the Dragon Lord's minions. She took refuge with
Gran and Kira to hide Arus from the monsters for over 10 years.
is a 100 year old sage that traveled with Roto in the story chronicled
in Dragon Quest III. He assisted Roto in the final fight against
Zoma. He helps to train Arus and Kira.
was born the same time as Arus. He's given the evil name the Dragon
Lord wanted the King of Carmen to name Arus. When Jagan appears, he
serves the Dragon Lord as Arus' nemesis. He is a direct descendant
of Roto, but Roto's armor rejected him. So he stained the holy armor
with blood in order to wear it.
character only seen for a few minutes in Dragon Quest is expanded
upon in this series. He's a main enemy for most of the series and
is the force behind the Dragon Lord. He's usually seen as only a face
and sometimes in various monster forms.
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